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Re: Dvorak/Svorak in Emacs

From: Johan Andersson
Subject: Re: Dvorak/Svorak in Emacs
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 20:11:21 +0000

I did not google for hours. I found some things. But I found way less than I expected. And not very good posts.

Anyway. Nice texts about this at your page. I will as you say try to use the Svorak layout.

Thanks a lot guys!

On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM, Xah Lee <address@hidden> wrote:
i've been a professional qwerty typist hired for data entry for 1+
year in early 1990s.

I've been a dvorak touch typist since ~1993.

Started to use emacs, and daily, since 1998.

So, my emacs experience is all dvorak, and it's all good.

if you are thinking some sort of dvorak for typing and qwerty for
hotkeys, don't do that.

there are quite a few pages about dvorak and emacs... how much time
did you google?

if you want to try dvorak, just switch to the layout in your OS, and
use emacs as is. That's the best way.

a lot people uses dvorak with emacs too... too lazy to cite them here.
You can find them on blogs...etc. Try to spend a hour web search,
you'll find probably more info or blogs, comments, etc that will take
more than 4 hours to read, at least.

i have written quite a lot on the subject myself... you can read:

• Xah's Emacs Tutorial
• All About Keyboards, Keyboard Layouts, Shortcuts, Macros


On Oct 3, 7:58 am, Johan Andersson <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi!
> I've been thinking for a while about testing Dvorak in Emacs (or Svorak for
> me since I'm from Sweden). Before I started I out, I googled a bit about
> "emacs dvorak", but to my suprise got really few hits about this. So I
> thought I'd ask here.
> First off I found out that you could do *C-\ english-dvorak RET*, which
> would activate Dvorak but still keep the the Emacs keybindings (So that you
> don't have to type C-l to go to the previous line). But that does not help
> me all the way, since I want to use Svorak. And by only switching the Xorg
> keyboard layout to Svorak, I'd still have to somehow remap all keybindings
> in Emacs.
> So the question is basically: How do I get Svorak working in Emacs? And do
> any of you even use Dvorak at all? I mean Emacs users often use Emacs
> because you can do things really fast, so I tought that many Emacs users
> would use Dvorak.
> Thanks!

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